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2016 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid Test Drive – Fox News

Friday, August 21, 2015

Bad news, supercar fans: The long-awaited reboot of the Acura NSX has been pushed off for a few more months. The 550 horsepower hybrid was supposed to start hitting the streets right around now, but after some last-minute engineering updates, its launch has been rescheduled for next spring. But there’s a bright side, because the delay just gives you more time to prepare yourself, and Acura may have just the…

Florissant police investigating suspected homicide in auto repair shop – STLtoday.com

Friday, August 21, 2015

The Florissant Police Department is investigating a suspected homicide in a local auto repair shop. Police said they found a deceased male at Montgomery Auto Repair in the 1900 block of Washington Street at about 5:30 p.m. on Thursday. The victim died from an apparent gun shot wound.    Craig DeHart, public information officer for the Florissant Police Department, said the Greater St. Louis Major Case Squad is involved in…

Audi set to rival Tesla’s Model X with electric SUV – CNBC

Thursday, August 20, 2015

In a release, Audi said that the car – which will have a lithium-ion battery – will have an SUV body and a “flat, coupe-like cabin” with a spacious interior that can carry four people. Tesla say on their website that their Model X – which will be powered by two independent and digitally controlled electric motors – will combine, “the space and functionality of a seven…

Bugatti is making a car for Gran Turismo that hints at its next real supercar – The Verge

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Of all the countless automakers who’ve contributed a wild virtual car to Polyphony Digital’s ongoing Vision Gran Turismo project, Bugatti — the ultra-exclusive hypercar manufacturer — is pretty much the last company I would’ve expected to participate. Yet here we are: Bugatti just teased the Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo, “a vehicle which could also be driven on a real race circuit if it left the virtual world,” according to the company’s head…

Audi, Mercedes ready challenges to Tesla luxury electric car dominance – Los Angeles Times

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Audi plans to challenge Tesla’s dominance of the luxury electric vehicle market when it introduces a sport-utility vehicle at the Frankfurt, Germany auto show next month. Called the Audi e-tron quattro, the sporty SUV concept auto will provide the first look at the luxury brand’s plans for fully electric cars. Audi, a division of Volkswagen, is expected to produce an electric SUV based on the concept starting in 2018. Audi…

Audi R8 V10 Plus: A week with Tony Stark’s ride – Ars Technica

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

I’ll be honest with you: the 2015 Audi R8 wasn’t a car we were intending to review. It’s an outgoing model. The first R8s hit the street way back in 2007, so there isn’t really much clever new technology for me to write about. I hadn’t even scheduled a loan of the press car; an e-mail telling me it was being delivered was the first anyone at Ars knew we’d…

High-tech cars bring Detroit, Silicon Valley together – Boston Globe

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

PALO ALTO, Calif. — The office has all the trappings of a high-tech startup. There’s a giant beanbag in the foyer and erasable whiteboard walls for brainstorming. Someone’s dog lounges happily on the sunny balcony. Welcome to the Palo Alto home of the Ford Motor Co., 6 miles from the headquarters of Google. Continue reading below Meanwhile, in a squat industrial building in suburban Detroit, a short drive from Ford’s…

Auto Companies Should Be Very Worried About Car Hacking. So Should You. – Slate Magazine

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Or go back further. In the mid-1960s, when the ARPANET (the predecessor to the Internet) was about to roll out, a few computer scientists warned that placing information on a network—with online access from many users in unsecured locations—would create inherent vulnerabilities. Countless commissions, panels, and studies issued similar warnings in the ensuing decades—vindicated by countless simulations, war games, and actual hackings (which have been going on for a lot…

Audi R8 V10 Plus: A week with Tony Stark’s ride – Ars Technica

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

I’ll be honest with you: the 2015 Audi R8 wasn’t a car we were intending to review. It’s an outgoing model. The first R8s hit the street way back in 2007, so there isn’t really much clever new technology for me to write about. I hadn’t even scheduled a loan of the press car; an e-mail telling me it was being delivered was the first anyone at Ars knew we’d…

BMW planning a Tesla Model S rival? – MarketWatch

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

BMW has embraced pure electrics, gasoline-electric hybrids, and is getting back into hydrogen cars with help from Toyota TM, -1.17% but its two major entries…

High-tech cars bring Detroit, Silicon Valley face to face – Fox News

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

In this photo taken Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, Nitin Bandaru, right, works on a hackathon project at the Ford Motor Company Research and Innovation Center in Palo Alto, Calif. The convergence of cars and technology is blurring the traditional geographical boundaries of both industries. Silicon Valley is dotted with research labs opened by automakers and suppliers, who are racing to develop high-tech infotainment systems and autonomous cars. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)…

These roads will charge cars as they drive – CNNMoney

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Electric cars are cool. Running out of juice — not so much. The British government is getting ready to test out new road technology that would allow electric cars to charge as they drive. The goal is to help drivers with electric and hybrid cars avoid frequent stops to recharge their vehicles. Most electric cars get charged via plug-in chargers at home or while parked on the streets. Wireless power…

For now, it has been a smooth road for Michigan’s auto industry – MLive.com

Sunday, August 16, 2015

August is the month for vacationing and preparing for the start of school. But the auto business isn’t taking a break. Saturday’s Woodward Dream Cruise and Flint’s Back to the Bricks brought out more than 10 percent of Michigan’s population to celebrate the state’s auto heritage. In Ann Arbor, the industry’s future is being written at Mcity — a newly built faux town on the University of Michigan’s north campus…

Tesla can’t defy rules of mass auto production – Las Vegas Review-Journal

Sunday, August 16, 2015

The relationship between Wall Street and the auto industry has always been contentious, with automakers balancing their huge capital needs and long-term business model against investors’ relentless focus on short-term returns. Tesla has turned this struggle on its head in its short time as a public company, grabbing market valuations at multiples of earnings that resemble Silicon Valley software startups more than any car company. Now, as the electric automaker…

Audi’s Plan to Make an Electric SUV With a 300-Mile* Range – Wired

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Audi wants to build an all-electric SUV that will go 300 miles on a charge, and it’s working with Samsung and LG to get it done. The South Korean companies are two of the world’s biggest producers of the lithium-ion batteries that power humanity’s growing pile of phones, laptops, and electric cars. Audi previously used battery cells from Sanyo and Panasonic to power its “e-tron” plug-in hybrid electric cars. “This will…